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“The songs on “Sun Gate” are a mix of ancient traditional music — some dating back to the third century — and compositions by Mr. Chatterjee. The title track refers to the last stop for travelers leaving China on the Silk Road, and the melody is that of a Qing Dynasty song. “Bilawal,” written by Mr. Chatterjee, is a reworking of a classic raga that symbolizes the energy of the late morning sun.
Mr. Chatterjee approached the project from a philosophical point of view as much as a musical one. “We are one race, sharing this planet with different appearances, different languages, different approaches to life. But those differences are all very superficial,” he said.
“We all talk about music as being a universal language. The proper realization of that can happen only when you know the language, you have interest in knowing the language and understand what it signifies.”
Creating a successful combination of classic Indian raga and jazz requires careful thought, he said. “A proper understanding can help you to fuse these two elements properly. When you’re fusing anything, you need to understand the basic properties of the thing you are fusing. Without that understanding, many of those attempts have failed musically.”